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Creating, Editing and Deleting Providers

You can perform the following tasks:

  • Create or Edit a provider - In the right pane, select the Providers tab. Click the gear icon and select Create Resource Provider. See the table below for the items you can edit.
  • Delete a provider - Select a provider. Click the gear icon and select Delete. Click Yes in the confirmation dialog. A provider referenced by topology designs or by topology or sequenced service instances cannot be deleted. All other providers can be deleted and their associations (to environments and to resource offerings) are automatically removed during the delete action. When you delete a provider, make sure that any resource offerings referenced by the provider and used in a service design are still associated with at least one provider that can provision the resource offering.
Item Description
Provider Type The type selected for this provider. Note that the Provider Type cannot be changed after a provider is created.
Display Name The name you provide for the provider.
Description The description you provide for the provider.
Image Select an image to be displayed with the provider.
Service Access Point

Specify a URL for connecting to the provider.

The following examples show how to connect to some common resource providers:

  • OpenStack (such as Helion OpenStack®) - http://<OpenStack server IP>:5000
  • Matrix OE - https://<MOE server IP>:51443/hpio/controller/soap/<v1/v2/v3>
  • Server Automation - https://<SA server IP>:443
  • SiteScope - http://<SiteScope server IP>:8080
  • Universal CMDB - http://<UCMB server IP>:8080
  • VMware vCenter - https://<vCenter server IP>:443
  • Chef - https://<Chef Server IP>:443
  • Operations Manager i - https://<OMi server IP>:443

When creating or updating a provider, CSA attempts to contact the provider at the URL you specify. CSA uses a six second time-out to attempt to validate the provider URL (for HTTP and HTTPS only). If the URL is not successfully contacted before the timeout expires, a validation failure message displays, and you have the option to ignore the validation failure or to correct the URL and try again. Note: User credentials are not validated at this time.

User ID The user ID for the specified Service Access Point.
Password The password for the specified Service Access Point. Re-type the password in the Confirm Password field.

This value determines whether the provider will be selected when provisioning a new service. The setting is either Enabled (when checked) or Disabled (when not checked). When Disabled, the provider will not be selected when provisioning new services. Disabling a provider will have no effect on existing services that are using that provider.

Project Enter the project in Helion OpenStack® in which provisioning should occur when provisioning topology designs in which enableUserContext is set to False for every Helion OpenStack® component in the design. If all Helion OpenStack® designs set enableUserContext to True, the Project may be left empty, and the subscriber will be able to select the project at provisioning time from the set of projects to which the subscriber is authorized. This field is available for Helion OpenStack® and CloudSystem 8.x providers only.

Enter the domain in Helion OpenStack® that should be used. This domain must be configured for authentication in the same fashion as the consumer organizations for which this provider will be used. This field is available for Helion OpenStack® and CloudSystem 8.x providers only.

Use domain-scoped transport token When checked, a domain-scoped transport token will be used for communication with Helion OpenStack®. When unchecked, a project-scoped transport token will be used. The provider user must have administrative rights on the domain in order to use domain-scoped transport tokens. This field is available for Helion OpenStack® and CloudSystem 8.x providers only.

Best Practices

The CloudSystem 8.x provider type is used specifically for topology designs and requires that a provider property "tenant" be configured on the provider. This tenant property is automatically created when creating a new CloudSystem 8.x provider. To set its value, navigate to the Properties tab of the provider after it has been created, and edit the tenant property to contain the value appropriate for your CloudSystem 8.x environment.